Famous Deaths on May 18

  • 526 John I, Pope (523-26), dies
  • 1160 Erik IX Helgi, [The Saint], King of Sweden, dies
  • 1401 Władysław Opolczyk (German: Ladislaus von Oppel, count palatine of Hungary 1367-1372, governor of Halych-Volhynia 1372 - 1378, count palatine of Poland
  • 1410 Ruprecht, Roman catholics German king, dies
  • 1450 Sejong the Great of Joseon, ruler of Korea (b. 1397)
  • 1550 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman (b. 1498)
  • 1551 Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Italian Renaissance-Mannerist painter (d. 1486)
  • 1584 Ikeda Motosuke, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1559)
  • 1587 Felix van Cantalice, Italian saint, dies
  • 1625 Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas, Spanish marquis of Denia, dies
  • 1653 Carel Reyniersz, gov-gen (Neth East Indies), dies at 48
  • 1675 Jacques Marquette jesuit/missionaries (Chicago), dies at 37
  • 1675 Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (b. 1623)
  • 1692 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian and collector (Ashmolean Museum), dies at 74
  • 1724 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch doctor for deaf-mutes, dies at 54
  • 1733 Georg Bohm, German organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1767 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer, dies at 28
  • 1780 Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland
  • 1781 Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler, Túpac Amaru (b. 1742)
  • 1799 Pierre de Beaumarchais, dramatist, dies
  • 1800 Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (b. 1729)
  • 1807 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (b. 1721)
  • 1808 Jacob Albright, [Albrecht], German/US preacher, dies at 49
  • 1808 Elijah Craig, American minister and inventor (b. 1738?)
  • 1829 Bernardo Bittoni, composer, dies at 72
  • 1829 Maria Josepha of Saxony, queen consort of Spain (b. 1803)
  • 1832 Bonafacio Asioli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1839 Carolina [Maria A] Bonaparte (countess Lipona), dies at 57
  • 1844 Richard McCarty, American politician (b. 1780)
  • 1848 William A Leidesdorf, mixed-race early Californian, dies at 38 in SF
  • 1862 William H Keim, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 48
  • 1864 James Byron Gordon, Confederate brig-gen, dies at 41
  • 1889 Isabella Glyn Dallas, Scottish Shakepearean actress (b. 1823)
  • 1900 Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)
  • 1909 George Meredith, English poet/writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
  • 1909 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (Suite española, Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • 1910 Flor van Duyse, composer, dies at 66
  • 1910 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (b.1841)
  • 1911 Gustav Mahler, Austr composer (Children's Death Songs), dies at 50
  • 1913 Otto Reubke, German composer and brother of Julius Reubke, dies at 70
  • 1918 Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, dies after being shot in a quarrel at 34
  • 1922 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1845)
  • 1927 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer commits suicide (b. 1872)
  • 1930 Joao Marcellino Arroyo, composer, dies at 68
  • 1936 Alick Maclean, composer, dies at 63
  • 1949 James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
  • 1952 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer, dies at 86
  • 1953 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • 1955 Mary McLeod Bethune, educator & civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • 1956 Maurice Tate, cricketer (39 Tests for England, 155 wickets), dies
  • 1961 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • 1963 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player (1st African American to win Heisman Trophy) (b. 1939) dies of leukemia aged 23
  • 1965 Eduard J Dijksterhuis, mathematician (Archimedes), dies at 72
  • 1966 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • 1967 Andy Clyde, Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick, dies at 75
  • 1967 Richard Ainley, actor (I Dood It, Above Suspicion), dies at 56
  • 1969 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • 1972 Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53

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1973 Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43) and pacifist, dies at 92

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
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  • 1974 Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 1975 Leroy Anderson, American composer, dies at 66
  • 1980 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1980 Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)
  • 1980 Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • 1980 David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • 1981 Arthur O'Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • 1981 William Saroyan, US stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • 1985 Tex Terry, actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • 1986 John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1987 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • 1988 Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • 1990 Jill Ireland, actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1991 Edwina Booth, actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86
  • 1992 Marshall Thompson, actor (Bog), dies of congestive heart failure at 65
  • 1992 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1993 Heinrich Albertz, theologist/mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • 1993 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/writer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995 Elisha Cook Jr, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane), dies at 91

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1995 Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

  • 1995 Gordon Reynolds, musician, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Harris, actor (Werewolf of London), dies at 95
  • 1996 Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor, dies at 76
  • 1996 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • 1997 Bridgette Andersen, American actress (b. 1975)
  • 1999 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 1999 Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • 1999 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 2000 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  • 2000 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar
  • 2002 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2003 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader (b. 1961)
  • 2004 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy" (b. 1972)
  • 2007 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Joseph Pevney, American television director
  • 2009 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • 2009 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • 2009 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • 2012 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone, dies at 86
  • 2013 Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT), dies at 87
  • 2014 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • 2014 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • 2014 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • 2017 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • 2017 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News, dies at 77
  • 2017 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • 2017 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer and founder of the Venus Project, dies at 101